Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been speaking to Walter Veltroni for GQ Italia.

The Swedish striker was quizzed once more about his future and first up came the question of a return to Milan to which he replied: “I will say two things that are perhaps contradictory. The first is that you never say never and the second is that I don’t want to return to a place where I made history.

“I consider Italy my second home and Italian football is the most beautiful in the entire world with so much passion. Something that resembles the way I think of sport and perhaps life.”

Asked about his relationship with Pep Guardiola he explained that: “I am friends with everyone and have only fell-out with one person and that is Guardiola. I quit because I stopped enjoying myself now I want to keep learning.

“I don’t do what I do for the money, I have everything but I want to see if I’m still capable of being a winner, I never accept defeat.”

Finally, when he once punched teammate Jonathan Zebina whilst at Juventus he explained that: “We had a quarrel and I hit him. I was expecting serious repercussions but coach (Fabio) Capello remained silent then said what I had done had actually helped the team!”

Steve Mitchell @barafundler, via calciomercato.com

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